First Ukrainian cluster week. Report
At the end of April 2021, Ukraine held its 1st National cluster week “Digitalization of industrial SMEs”. Other event topics covered the state of cluster policies and the development of industrial ecosystems. During 3 days, the online conference united 28 speakers from 11 countries of the EU and Eastern Partnership (EaP), 12 Ukrainian industrial and high-tech clusters with 330 attendees, mainly from Ukraine.
As the last big cluster event was done in Ukraine in 2018, the organizers raised questions about progress of last years, trying to consolidate common issues and perspectives of all EaP countries with regard to EU priorities.
The main organizer of the event is Association of Industrial Automation of Ukraine (APPAU), which is the national cluster organization uniting 55 SMEs and 200+ other stakeholders of the national movement of Industry 4.0.